Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Saturday, March 04, 2006 at 05:56:15 :
Thursday, November 22, 1934
Geo. Alpers, Former Mayor of San Rafael, Passes Sunday
George Alpers, former mayor of San Rafael and some years ago active in the business world, died Sunday at his home on B Street after a long period of illness.
Funeral service was held Tuesday privately at the home and entombment was in the Tamalpais Mausoleum.
Born in Germany 66 years ago, Mr. Alpers came to the United States early in life and engaged in the brewery business in San Francisco.
In 1902 he was elected a member of the Board of Supervisors of the bay city and was active in politics and business most of his mature years.
When he came to San Rafael he formed the Marin County Milk Company and built up a thriving business here. The business has since become a unit of the Borden Milk Company and the deceasedís son, George H. Alpers, has retained management.
Alpers was also interested in other business ventures, notably the Camgros Gravel Company.
For a number of years he was a member of the state and county Republican organizations.
The people of San Rafael in 1921 elected Mr. Alpers to the Mayorship, and it was during his administration that the council took up the city manager plan of city government which has been continued since. After serving for one term Mr. Alpers retired. It was during his term as Mayor that much of the street improvement got under way.
Alpers during his residence here was active in a number of the social and fraternal organizations of the city. He was a member of the San Rafael Rotary Club, San Rafael Lodge of Elks, Herman Lodge, F. and A. M. and Golden Gate Chapter, San Francisco Commandery, and Islam Temple, Germania Club and Hannoveranner Veein.
Death called his wife, Mrs. Wilhelmina Alpers, a short time ago.
The deceased leaves his sons, George H. and Alpine Alpers; a daughter, Mrs. Van Rensslaer Vestal; a sister is Mrs. Marie Thonholt, and there are two surviving brothers, Herman Alpers and Lieutenant John Alpers of San Francisco. The latter is connected with the San Francisco Police Department.
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